[ swet-boks ]
/ ˈswɛtˌbɒks /


a sauna or other enclosure for sweating.
any uncomfortably warm room or environment.
a box or cell in which a prisoner is punished or given the third degree.
a device for removing moisture from tobacco leaves, figs, raisins, etc.

Nearby words

  1. sweat out,
  2. sweat pants,
  3. sweat sock,
  4. sweat suit,
  5. sweatband,
  6. sweated,
  7. sweater,
  8. sweater girl,
  9. sweatercoat,
  10. sweathouse

Origin of sweatbox

First recorded in 1870–75; sweat + box1

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British Dictionary definitions for sweatbox


/ (ˈswɛtˌbɒks) /


a device for causing tobacco leaves, fruit, or hides to sweat
a very small pen or cubicle where a pig is fattened intensively
informal, mainly US a narrow room or cell for a prisoner
informal any place where a person sweats on account of confinement, heat, etc
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